COVID-19 Impact on the Oral Cancer Screening Challenge

In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, AGD Foundation has decided to cancel the Oral Cancer Screening Challenge.

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is the sixth most common cancer, with nearly 53,000 Americans expected to be diagnosed this year. One person dies from oral cancer every hour of every day. A recent and rapid rise in cases of oropharyngeal cancer has been linked to infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV).

Oral cancer is particularly dangerous because it can go unnoticed in its preliminary stages. In many cases, however, dentists can detect the disease early, which makes the dental community the first line of defense against oral cancer.

As dental health professionals, we have an opportunity and responsibility to play an active role in educating our patients and the public about oral cancer prevention and screening.

AGD Oral Cancer Resources 

AGD has a library of information readily available for you to use or share with your patients. Here are just a few of the many resources:

Patient Fact Sheet:

Understanding the Dangers of Tobacco Use

What You Should Know About Oral Cancer


Oral Cancer/HPV Awareness

Free on-demand webinars (for AGD members):

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Head and Neck Cancer

Tobacco's Harmful Impact on Oral Health and Cessation Opportunities

HPV, The Underestimated Cause of Oral Cancer